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Sunday, July 11, 1999 Published at 18:07 GMT 19:07 UK


Full text: Council statement on police sackings

The dismissals are being seen as an attempt to restore calm

Iran's Supreme National Security Council has announced the dismissal of a police brigadier-general and his deputy for ordering violence against student protestors.

The following is the full text of the council's statement broadcast on the the Vision of the Islamic Republic of Iran Network 1 television, Tehran:

After reviewing the report by the assigned investigative team and in the course of the investigation of the recent incidents at the university hostel, the Secretariat of the National Security Council has made the following new decisions, which will be brought to the attention of the revolutionary and noble people of Iran:

1. In line with implementing point 2 of the previous statement about the close scrutiny of the depths, reasons and the open and secret factors behind the incident and dealing decisively with the pressure groups and unlawful movements, it [the council] has decreed that the Information Ministry should take steps to identify and deal with the culprits under the law. In the first stage of the actions taken seven people involved in the incident have so far been identified and arrested.

2. According to the investigations carried out and based on discussions with the Tehran Province Security Council [Shura' ye Ta'min-e Ostan-e Tehran] and comments made by the relevant officials, it became apparent that Brig-Gen Ahmadi and his deputy were guilty in the incident. Therefore, while having been dismissed, they will be handed over to the relevant judicial authorities. Also it became clear that the commander of Tehran Security Region did not take the appropriate measures and was therefore reprimanded and the matter was reported to the honourable interior minister.

3. All those [students] who were arrested, numbering 200, have been released, and no one is under arrest at present.

4. The necessary funds have been placed at the disposal of the Ministry of Culture and Higher Education and the Ministry of Health and Treatment, so that measure can be taken to remedy the damage.

5. According to the full investigations carried out, the only person who died in the incident was conscript officer Ezzat Ebrahim-Nezhad, from Pol-e Dokhtar. He was spending his holidays with his friends at the students'hall of residence. According to the investigations, all other rumours and unofficial reports are not in no way correct.

6. It is hoped that the dear students and all the sympathizers of the system would assist this secretariat in the performance of its assigned duties. Based on information received, the secretariat of the Supreme National Security Council hereby declares that, unfortunately, a number of people, by shouting unwise slogans about the sound student movement being fanatical [as heard] and also by involving those who oppose the [student] movement in the matter, intend to create a confrontation and an atmosphere of rumours and pessimism in society.

The findings of the secretariat, in the wake of the shooting at mid-night on 18th Tir 1378 [9th July], have revealed a very suspicious movement. In the shooting, which involved the firing of three shots from a Colt side-arm, an officer of the Law Enforcement Forces, a student and a citizen were injured. The Information Ministry has been assigned to the relevant investigation.

While paying its respects to all the students and the general public, the secretariat of the Supreme National Security Council expects them to conduct their congregations within the law and with legal permits. Naturally the Interior Ministry will give the necessary cooperation in the matter.

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.



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